BACK TO BACK FOR CEDAR FALLS
TOPEKA, Kan. – Cedar Falls Raceway raced to the NHRA West Central Division Summit Racing Series Team Championship for the second year in a row this weekend at Heartland Park Topeka. The team from Cedar Falls, Iowa racked up 66 points to beat sister track Cordova Dragway Park who finished second with 55 points followed by Brainerd International Raceway in third and host track Heartland Park in fourth.
Four Iowa racers claimed individual honors led by Super Pro Champion Travis Smiley and his ’91 S10. The Emerson, Iowa, racer got the early lead and ran 119 mph in 9.475 seconds to defeat Glen Gordon, Wolcott, N.D., who was quicker at 8.906, 159 mph.
Steve Marquis, Camanche, Iowa, wheeled his ’62 Chevy II to the win as did Tom Klemme and Brian Hurley. Marquis faced off with Travis Baumert in the Pro final round. The two drivers had identical reaction times with Marquis better at the top end running 9.238 seconds on the 9.23 dial in for the win. Baumert, Sigourney, Iowa, went 10.099 at 131 in his ’72 Camaro. Davenport, Iowa, resident Klemme took the trophy in Pro Bike knocking out Jason Clampitt, Lino Lakes, Minn., with a pass of 8.830 seconds at 134 mph. Clampitt crossed the finish line at 144 mph in 8.993 seconds. Hurley rounded out the Iowa winners as he beat Michelle Emmans in the High School class. Hurley, Waterloo, Iowa, piloted his ’98 Nova to a lap of 12.280 at 108 mph to Emmans’ loosing effort of 15.062 at 84 mph.
The Sportsman trophy went to John Dost II, Olathe, Kan., and his ’92 Camaro. Dost defeated Shane Newland, Independence, Mo., in 12.127 seconds at 116 mph to Newland’s 12.789 at 106 in his ’66 Fairlane.
Smiley, Marquis, Klemme and Dost will all advance to the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona where they will face off with the champions from the six other NHRA divisions for more than $100,000 in purse.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Summit Racing Series West Central Division Finals at Heartland Park Topeka:
Cedar Falls Raceway 66
Cordova Dragway Park 55
Brainerd Int'l Raceway 52
Heartland Park Topeka 51
SRCA Dragstrip 39
Bandimere Speedway 35
Kearney Raceway Park 35
Grove Creek Raceway 35
Eddyville Raceway Park 35
Kansas Int'l Dragway 30
Rock Falls Raceway 30
Rolling Thunder Dragstrip 26
Top End Dragway 24
Pueblo Motorsports Park 23
Tri-State Raceway 18
Oahe Speedway 13
Douglas Motorsports Park 5
Julesburg Dragway 3
Travis Smiley, Emerson, Iowa, ‘91 S10, 9.475, 119.63 def. Glen Gordon, Wolcott, N.D., ‘08 dragster, 8.906,159.64
Steve Marquis, Camanche, Iowa, ‘62 Chevy II, 9.238, 138.50 def. Travis Baumert, Sigourney, Iowa, ‘72 Camaro, 10.099, 131.70
John Dost II, Olathe, Kan., ‘92 Camaro, 12.127, 116.03 def. Shane Newland, Independence, Mo., ‘66 Fairlane, 12.789, 106.71
Tom Klemme, Davenport, Iowa, ‘87 Kawasaki, 8.830, 134.19 def. Jason Clampitt, Lino Lakes, Minn., ‘10 Suzuki, 8.993, 144.66
Brian Hurley, Waterloo, Iowa, ‘98 Nova, 12.280, 108.48 def. Michelle Emmans, Dayton, Minn., ‘01 Regal GS, 15.062, 84.50
SUMMIT RACE OF CHAMPIONS CROWNED IN TOPEKA
TOPEKA, Kan. – Five racers took home the Race of Champions trophies late Saturday night at Heartland Park Topeka for the NHRA Summit Racing Series West Central Division led by Super Pro winner Anthony Layne of Cool Valley, Ill.,
Layne worked his way thought eliminations for the ‘race within a race’ that pits top points earners from each of the 20 tracks represented this weekend. Layne, in a ’06 dragster, went 172 mph in 7.610 to defeat Cal Belden, Abendeen, S.D., in a ’99 dragster clocking in at 8.903, 164 mph.
Home state racers Josh Peterson, Munjor, Kan., and Darrel Goheen, Hays, Kan., took the wins in Pro and Sportsman respectively. Peterson beat Kurt Mullen out of Manchester, Iowa, with a lap of 10.448 at 123 mph in his ’67 Chevelle to Mullen’s 10.830 at 123 in a ’68 Barracuda. Goheen, who has won the division championship three years in a row, took the Sportsman Race of Champions trophy as he knocked out Iowa racer Rick Pitzer. Goheen covered the quartermile track in 12.002 seconds at 110 mph with Pitzer close behind at 12.171, 109 mph.
Rounding out Saturday’s winners were Steve Klemme and Drew Beale. Klemme, Taylor Ridge, Ill., won the Pro Bike class aboard his ’73 Kawasaki running 9.017 at 135 in beating Curtis Spracklin, Omaha, Neb., who went quicker at 8.699, 140 mph. Beale won in the High School class with his ’70 Camaro over Austin Mohr, Mitchell, S.D. Beale, Hillsdale, Ill., ran 12.102 at 107 mph to Mohr’s 12.663, 106 in his ’71 Chevelle.
Action resumed on Sunday for the West Central Division Summit Racing Series Championship where the winner’s will advance to the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship in November at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
The following are final results from the NHRA West Central Division Summit Racing Series Race of Champions at Heartland Park Topeka:
RACE OF CHAMPIONS
Anthony Layne, Cool Valley, Ill., '06 Dragster, 7.610, 172.87 def. Cal Belden, Abendeen, S.D., '99 dragster, 8.903, 164.39
Josh Peterson, Munjor, Kan., '68 Camaro, 10.448, 123.86 def. Kurt Mullen, Manchester, Iowa, '68 Barracuda, 10.830, 123.00
Darrel Goheen, Hays, Kan., '67 Chevelle, 12.002, 110.81 def. Rick Pitzer, Glenwood, Iowa, '74 Duster, 12.171, 109.17
Steve Klemme, Taylor Ridge, Ill., '73 Kawasaki, 9.017, 135.58 def. Curtis Spracklin, Omaha, Neb., '05 Kawasaki, 8.699, 140.42
Drew Beale, Hillsdale, Ill., '70 Camaro, 12.102, 107.54 def. Austin Mohr, Mitchell, S.D., '71 Chevelle 12.663, 106.03